Kompleksi (“complex” in Finnish) are Mike Not and pHinn, two ex-suicide candidates from Tampere, Finland, who ride in a red Lada through the gloomy streets of their rainy post-industrial town; the home of ice hockey fanatics, world’s last working Lenin Museum and countless sex shops. They started making music together in 2002, already having appeared on compilations of Mate Recordings (UK) and pHinnMilk (FIN). Mike Not (keyboards, production, programming, sound engineering) has produced music since the early 90s; pHinn (vocals, keyboards) has since 1996 maintained a Website called pHinnWeb on Finnish electronic, experimental and leftfield music. Kompleksi are now working on their first long play. They both also DJ in their hometown club called Eclectro Lounge. File under: post-industrial soul, post-Soviet electro.
For more info, see: http://www.phinnweb.org/kompleksi
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“Right now all of the American trustafarians who read Arthur ‘religiously’ with a little Wire on the side and who mail-ordered this 7-inch are scratching their new beard going, “Hey, this ain’t psychedelic free folk!” That’s because it’s creepy euro synth disco! The grooves are corny and the singing is awkward, but it is charming — especially those wildcat yelps on the “Lovechild” turnarounds — and Irwin Chusid will probably play it on his show. “Moscow 1980″ is a more wistful synth pop number — I detect a Limahl influence — that starts with a sample of Jimmy Carter laying down the law about a certain Olympic boycott. And it proceeds to go on for over 6 minutes of heartfelt monotonous Limahlian glory! At the very least, it’s quite a change of pace for Lal Lal Lal…..no mention of it over at Volcanic Tongue yet….”
-Larry “Fuzz-O” Dolman / Blastitude
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